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djplong last won the day on March 10 2016

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  1. Been a long time since I checked in here... So, here's what happened... Ran the BAA 10K in a very slow time. Hip continued to aggravate me - sometimes seeming like it would heal, then coming back and becoming worse. I kept trying to keep a mild running schedule going and it wasn't easy. All the races I'd planned to run all summer with the exception of that one 10K were for naught. Finally, a few weeks ago, it was getting to the point where any pain I had would actually fade the more I ran. I might feel it in the morning, but during the run it wasn't so bad. While my hip was final
  2. The BAA 10K is Sunday. Since my last post, I've been convinced that I'll never run it and I've been sure that I will. This hip injury lingers but it's healed enough that I can do SOME running but I feel the effects for at least 2 days afterwards. But this last time (Tuesday) it didn't seem so bad as I've been limiting myself to one 5K distance worth of intervals per week. Happened to be in Florida and got to try a new trail and it didn't feel bad at all. In all this, I was able to do my three #runDisneyShorts races with slow times as I was still doing intervals. So Sunday I'm
  3. Aaaaaand the whipsaw goes the other way. I woke up this morning feeling MUCH better than yesterday and decided to go give it a try. I did my first 5K since the injury. Not a great time, but that wasn't what I was looking for. I just wanted to log those miles. I even posted to Facebook with the #runDisneyShorts tag. I wasn't sure I was going to be able to do 5K by the deadline - and this even counted for Runkeeper's Global 5K! All in all a VERY good day (but I'm sore again - though it seems to clear up quicker so I'm still hopeful)
  4. It's been a long and extremely frustrating road and I was making progress. First I was able to do some light jogging in the middle of walk sessions (about a mile) Then a little more jogging (up to 2 miles) Then I thought this week I'd try for a 5K at a slow speed (around 11:00/mile). Unfortunately, I went out too soon after some lunch and was feeling a bit nauseous so I ended up stopping at 2.8miles. The next morning, the pains were coming back. I'm still signed up for a pair of virtual 5K races (though I only want to finish - not worried AT ALL about my times). And the
  5. How long have you been in those shoes? Admittedly there could be a lot of things aggravating your physical symptoms but that one came to mind. Also, if you're in pain, ease off. Perhaps you can still do the 5K but do it as a run/walk (I do 4/1 intervals when I'm training - and that's what I'll be going back to when this hip injury heals - I just don't know how many I will be able to do at first)
  6. A piece of advice I got when I was struggling last year was "If you can go slower, do it". The idea is to build up your endurance and THEN work on speed after that.
  7. One step at a time. Literally... So the pain is reducing, over time. I'm getting all kinds of new stretching exercises to do and I got the green light to power-walk. (In fact, I was ordered to by my physical therapist) I'm still signed up for the BAA 10K but I don't know if I'll be running anything before then. The next race I'd wanted to run was a 12K towards the end of this month but I doubt that'll happen. Now the most frustrating thing is that lousy weather has moved in for a while so there's no biking either. Showers around every day for the next WEEK!
  8. The 10K didn't happen. A lot of other things DID. I ended up with an MRI on my hip and got the proverbial good news / bad news. The good news is that it's not serious and surgery is an option if things get bad. The bad news is that I have fraying in my labrum and some degeneration of the cartilage in my hip - all due to the shape of my hip exacerbated by the fact that my femur doesn't come up into my hip at quite the proper angle (due to my birth defect). The good news is that therapy can overcome this. This will fix itself, if cared for, and after PT, I've had a particular stre
  9. My frustration knows no bounds. My injury from last year seems to have reared it's ugly head again. This time, the hip flexor trouble is only on the right side. One positive is that it's not as bad as it was last July when I couldn't run for 3 months but I'm supposed to run the BAA 5K in Boston on Saturday. It all started when I started stretching myself out a little over 2 weeks ago. I did my longest run ever - 7 miles - doing 4/1 jog/walk intervals. I was more sore than I'd like the morning after so I gave myself an extra day of rest before the 'normal' run - about 3.5 miles. After
  10. Well, this definitely lets me know how I feel about running. I am FURIOUS at myself! I was supposed to run in the Shamrock Shuffle 5K this weekend. It's the first race of the New Hampshire Grand Prix - 8 races throughout the year. Finish them all and you get the status of "Granite Runner" and a jacket. I put the date in my calendar and have been planning my running schedule around it. Sometime after I put the date in my calendar, I saw a source (that I can no longer find) that implied I'd put down the wrong date. I had Saturday in my calendar and this said Sunday - so I changed it.
  11. What O/S are you on? Iphone's iOS or an Android machine? My gut feeling is that there's something wrong in the O/S. When you run, do you get an accurate map of where you ran?
  12. Life will get in the way, whether you let it or not. Over the last two weeks, for every reason from weather, to business, to having a last-minute work-related trip to San Antonio, I wasn't getting my usual 3 runs per week. This past week, I only ran twice - Sunday's final Freeze Your Buns 5K and yesterday, when I finally got to get back to the park where I prefer to run (now that the snow has melted). The race? Well, for the first time I did NOT improve my time. I could feel, going into it, that I wasn't in my best 'place' but I got through it and still kept a sub-10-minute pace (9:
  13. I always repeated a 'failed' session. But I was also using a tracker (like MapMyRun or Runkeeper) so that, even in a 'failed' session, I could usually see improvement - that I went further or lasted long or maybe went faster than a previous session. It would make it very satisfying when I'd finally break through and conquer a troublesome session.
  14. I took the half and full marathoners and put them into a table in a file I carry around on my phone. The half marathon is 13 weeks, while the marathon is 20 weeks. For each week, "Day 6" is your "long run". Week 1 starts out at 3/2 intervals (3:00 jog, 2:00 walk), times 6 doing 3 miles. They up the number of intervals in successive weeks to 8, 10, then 12 (6 miles). In week 5, the long run changes to 4/1 intervals (times 8 for 4 miles) and gets upped to 14, 16, 18, dips to 12, then goes to 20 (10 miles) on Week 10. You taper off with 16, then 12 intervals and Week 13 is your half m
  15. I know exactly how you felt. I registered for a 5K and 10K on consecutive days when I was just a few weeks into the program. (Fortunately the races were many many months away) Concentrate on the here and now - the later will come.
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